This is my first quinoa attempt. A black bean, quinoa, mango salad. It was a fail.
First of all, I thought it was pronounced quinn-oh-uh. Look at the end . . . spelled like boa. Nope. You actually say it keen-wah. Did you know that? If you knew that already, you’re one step ahead of me.
If you knew that, you probably also knew that there are different types of quinoa. And I bought the wrong kind for this recipe. The type I used was RED quinoa. It is supposed to “look attractive on the plate”. I think it looks like dog food. And tastes about how I imagine birdseed would taste. Owlie saw a cup of it on the counter and asked me if I was going to feed the bunny.
I should have used regular cream colored quinoa, but they didn’t seem to have any on the quinoa aisle of the grocery store. Oh wait, there was no quinoa aisle. I checked near the oats, the flour, the nuts and finally found it next to the boxed rice.
Here’s the deal. Quinoa is one of these new fadangled superfoods that is supposed to be so great for us. I have one friend who has completely replaced rice in all her food with quinoa. But I’m not feeling it. So I’m going to give it exactly one more try before I declare it inedible to me.
How about you? Have you tried keen-wah? Do you think it’s for the birds?